In the mid-seventeenth century a lawyer from Kerkyra (Corfù), Tommaso Flanghinis left the Confraternity an important legacy. In his will of 11 September 1644 he expressed his desire for the foundation of a school and hospital, as well as for the ransoming of prisoners and the dowering of needy young women. The project for the construction of the school was entrusted to the famous architect Baldassare Longhena and by the end of the seventeenth century both buildings had been completed, to the north of the church. The Flanghinis College, one of the most important institutions for the education of young Greeks, opened its doors in 1655. It began to decline after the dissolution of the Venetian Republic, and finally closed down in 1905. Its organisation was similar to that of the Greek colleges of Padua and Rome. The students — twelve boarders as well as some day students — came from various Greek regions and had the opportunity to continue their studies at the University of Padua. At the beginning of the eighteenth century the students at the College published two collections of poetry entitled respectively "Flowers of virtue", dedicated to the Mother of God, and "Greece’s Homage to the Venetian Senate". The school’s director, Ioannis Patousas, wrote and published a Literary Encyclopedia, in four volumes, a valuable resource for Greek schools in the Ottoman Empire.


  

History | The Hellenic Institute | Library | Archive | Museum | The site: buildings - church
Publications | Events - Contacts
© 2001-2003 Hellenic Institute for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies in Venice
Castello 3412, 30122 Venezia.